snowman and santa claus….

tomorrow is thanksgiving day, but my mind is on christmas…

santa drawing

i like to draw my patterns directly onto weavers cloth rather than creating a paper pattern.  it’s less work and it ensures that almost every piece i make from my own designs is one-of-a-kind.  ellis likes to help me with this process….

“i’m a tremendous assistant” ~ellis

i kept santa claus simple, using mostly red and white valdani floss.

santa claus

lilly is awaiting santa’s advent….

“santa? i’m watching the birds!” ~lilly

i like adding tags to my pieces, for some reasons.  maybe because they’re fun to make?

christmas greetings

the other piece i’ve been working on is a snowman.  snowmen are so cheerful!


of course, with snowmen comes cold weather, but otis knows how to stay toasty…

“purrrr…” ~the oatsy

and, lilly has a few how-to-stay-warm-on-a-cold-day pointers…

“first, find a comfy cushion, add a kitty heating pad, top with a blanket and crawl under.” ~lilly-kins

sounds good to me!


the santa claus has sold but you can visit snowman on my etsy shop by clicking here.

wishing you warmth and happiness!




it’s actually been so cool here that one could almost believe in snow.  so, it seemed a bit apropos when i came across this piece that i made a year ago…


i’ve never been very good at sewing circular pieces, and this one is no exception.  it’s a bit wonky, like most things in my life, but it’s a fun celebration of one of my favorite times of year.

you can see more photos of “snow” on etsy by clicking here.





merrie wynter….

Just in time for Spring!


Lori wrote and asked me if I would share the colors I used for the Kelley Belfast design, “Merrie Wynter”.  Of course!  I’d love to share!  Then, I started looking for my photos of my “Merrie Wynter” so I could see what colors I had used… ha!  I thought for sure I’d posted my finish here at one time or another, so I did a search on my blog.

What an exercise in frustration my blog search is!  I don’t know if the problem is how I label and tag things, but I do know I can never find what I’m looking for, and it’s my OWN blog!

Anyway, I asked Lori if she had a photo of the piece she was interested in, and, thankfully, she did…..

merrie wynter

merrie wynter


Lori also shared the link to Kelley’s blog where she found “Merrie Wynter”.  Click here.  Kelley graciously shares the pattern and gives her permission to use her design in that post, so definitely check it out!
Here are the colors I used:
background ~ 5
“merrie wynter” background ~ p3
“merrie wynter” ~ o510
snowman ~ p4
snowman hat/features ~ h212
snowman nose/scarf, moon and star ~ o154
trees ~ o41
I used two strands of Valdani perle cotton size 12 in my medium Cameo needle on the lowest (#1) setting.
The snow has melted here, and the sun is shining ~
Spring is in the air ~ tra la!

welcome snow colors…..

Nancy asked if I could share the colors I used for the Welcome Snow stocking….

welcome snow

welcome snow

The photo above is of the finished and aged stocking.  The photo below is of the embroidery before I aged it with coffee….OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

…and, here are the colors I used…

valdani 5, h205, jp11, o578, h212

valdani 5, h205, jp11, o578, h212

I used these colors thusly:

5 ~ snowman, snowflakes, “welcome snow”

h205 ~ snowman nose

jp11 ~ background

o578 ~ banner background

h212 ~ hat, eyes, mouth, arms and buttons

I ordered my floss from Snowflake Memories (click here), and the Welcome Snow design is from Kelley Belfast (click here).

I used two strands of each floss in my Cameo medium punch needle, set at the lowest (#1) setting except for the snowflakes which I punched at a hight (#4) setting.

I hope this helps!






lilly and ellis "help"

lilly and ellis “help”

Despite the fact that I had two cats in my lap while I punched Wynter, I was able to finish it without too much trouble.

"are you sure you're doing that right?" ~lilly

“are you sure you’re doing that right?” ~lilly

Lilly never completely trusts me with the sewing machine.

"let me get a closer look."  ~lilly

“let me get a closer look.” ~lilly

Once I have Lilly’s approval I’m able to move on with the finishing and details like a paper tag.

I wanted Wynter to look a little like a snow globe, so I mounted it on an antique porcelain doorknob. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I love little pockets, bone buttons and ticking!



When I punched the snowflakes I used a higher setting on my Cameo needle.  I think I set it on #4.

Do you like snowflakes, Ellis?


“snowflakes? are they edible? i’ll try anything once.” ~ellis

I stuffed Wynter with fluff and crushed walnut shells, and finished the whole piece off with a bit of ribbon.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

What do you think of Wynter, Otis?

"winter? i prefer to sleep through it, thank you." ~otis

“winter? i prefer to sleep through it, thank you.” ~otis

I also finished In The Meadow, a Lori Brechlin designs (click here for her etsy shop).

in the meadow

in the meadow

This is my second In The Meadow pillow this season.  I don’t typically punch a design more than once, but every so often a pattern pulls at my heartstrings…  Sort of like my little friend Josie does…



You can visit Wynter and In The Meadow in my etsy shop by clicking here, if you’d like.

wishing you a warm and happy day!




in the meadow….

Thank you one and all for your Merry Christmas wishes!  I hope you, too, had the type of day you look forward to all year!

Thank you, also, for all your kind comments about the piece I posted!  It’s a fabulous design from Lori Brechlin of Notforgotten Farm entitled, “In the Meadow”.  It’s available in her etsy shop (click here), or you can visit her blog which is wonderful! (click here)

I punched, “In the Meadow” while I was house sitting for my sister in November….

"i think these are good!" ~miss mudge

“i think these are good!” ~miss mudge

Little Miss Mudge helped me choose my palette.

lovely valdani

lovely valdani

I used all of the above colors, except for the two blues pictured to the right of the red floss.  Here’s how I used them from left to right:

h212 ~ date, snowman hat, eye, arms and buttons, children’s boots

o510 ~ date outline, children’s coats and hats

h205 ~ snowman nose

p3 ~ trees, children’s mittens

jp4 ~ children’s faces

5 ~ background, except around date

3 ~ snow, snowman, date background, children’s hat trim, and a little squiggle of background



This is how it looked before I aged the embroidery with coffee.  I get almost all my Valdani from Snowflake Memories (click here), which is a wonderful online resource for floss!

As is usual for me, I used two strands of size #12 perle cotton in my Cameo Punch Needle, set at the lowest loop height #1.



I backed the finished embroidery with ticking and stuffed it with sawdust from Notforgotten Farm.  Then, I added a little pocket with an antique bone button, and a paper tag.



Though this pillow has sold, I am working on another version which should be finished soon….

in the meadow 2

in the meadow 2

I used exactly the same Valdani colors for this one, except that instead of using the jp4 for the children’s faces I used the p3, and instead of the red o510 I used the light blue jp11, which is shown in the photo of flosses near the top of this post.

We’re still waiting for snow, here in West Michigan.  In fact, we’re still waiting for cold temps.  It was 60 degrees last Wednesday!

Wishing you a little bit of bliss today, and every day!



give thanks and wynter…

Just wanted to show you two more stockings.  :~>

give thanks

give thanks

Give Thanks is from the design by Cathy Sowers ~ four ewe farm.  If you missed that pattern you can click here to find it.



Wynter is from the design by Robin of Bird in the Hand Primitives.  You can find links to Robin’s patterns by clicking here.

Give Thanks and Wynter have sold but Christmas Memories (another fabulous design from Robin) is available on my etsy shop (if you’d like to take a look click here).

christmas memories stocking

christmas memories stocking

Have you started any winter projects?  I’m going to try my hand at a mitten shaped “stocking” next!

happy happy autumn days!



a santa for all seasons….

I finished punching this santa quite some time ago, but couldn’t decide exactly how I wanted to complete it.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I finally decided to make it into a pull toy instead of a rocker.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I found these fabulous vintage wheels and thought they’d be perfect for Santa.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

A little sheep replaces my traditional reindeer.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

An American flag joins my usual Christmas tree.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Ticking acts as backing.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

A tiny gingham check covers the base.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The tree and the flag can be removed or they can change positions.

So, this Santa can be displayed throughout the year!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

You can visit A Santa For All Seasons at my etsy shop by clicking here.

Let it snow!



phm update….

It’s time for November’s Primitive Handmades Mercantile update!  Here’s what I have to offer:

merry christmas!

merry christmas!

This is a two-sided Santa Claus wand.  The first side, above, says, “Merry Christmas”, the second side, below, says, “ho ho ho!”

ho ho ho!

ho ho ho!

I also listed the snowman I showed you the other day.

jingle bell snowman

jingle bell snowman

If you’d like to take a look at either of these pieces you can visit my shop at PHM by clicking here.

In the meantime, in our neck of the woods it is utterly Freezing… 0 degree wind chills… brrrrrr!  Snow, snow, snow, blow, blow, blow.  Some of us know how to stay warm….

the oatbran

the oatbran

There’s nothing quite like a lap and a fuzzy blanket!


happy weekend to you!



let it snow…..

Over in our neck of the woods it’s downright…..



COLD!  “They” are calling for up to 9″ of snow in West Michigan before nightfall tomorrow.  Must be time to build a snowman!



This is the kind of snowman I like to make.  The kind that can be whipped up inside, where it’s warm and snug, and where there’s always a friend….



or two…..

lilly and otis....

lilly and otis

or three…

lilly, ellis, otis

lilly, ellis, otis…. i don’t think my lap will hold any more.

…to share a lap.

I think today’s snowman will go into my PHM shop next Friday when we have our update.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

For now, I’ll keep him inside with me where he can watch the snowflakes drift outside the window.

Until next time, be warm and happy!